Team fights it out to the end
WHILE the Senior Sharkys were winning the local premiership in Cairns, the junior Sharks Under 9s side was down in Proserpine battling it out on the Paul Bowmen Challenge against 75 teams from Cairns to Brisbane.
The side’s first game was a hard fought win against Gamfeild Giants (Central Highlands) 16-8 and came back to earth with a 12-8 loss against Fitzroy Sharks (Rockhampton) and after a sit down and talk with coaching staff, they came out on fire to have wins 36-4 against Burdekin Roosters (Townsville) and 46-4 against Tiger Hawks (Townsville) finished Saturday three wins from four games.
After a great night with family and friends, the team who camped out all woke up early, had a big breakfast and headed off to the footy ground knowing they had to win the last two games against the two underfeated sides to win their pool and move on to the finals.
The first game on Sunday morning was against Sarina Crocs (Mackay), which they won 24-12.
It was an outstanding game of min-mod football from both sides.
Supporters stood and applauded, as did the NRL development officer in charge of the game.
The final game against Upper Ross Rams (Townsville), who the team saw drop a game early in the morning, knew then that they had a chance to win the pool by beating Rams in the last game.
The game was fought out, as it should have been with a finals spot on the line.
With a minute to go and teams tied at 8-8, a kick through was picked up by a Sharky and a great try in the corner was met with rapturous applause from all the Sharkys supporters.
They had made the final eight, from little old Mossman, like the big Sharkys.
The team had only an hour to ice all the bruises, apply some strapping before they took on Sunshine Coast Brothers, who came out on fire going to a 12-0 led early in the game.
But as our local side has shown, they don’t go away.
The team showed a lot of heart and talent to fight to the end with a 20-12 loss against a very good footy side.
On Sunday, the team also came fifth in the relay race and topped off their weekend by getting called back to the main trophy presentation to receive the good sportsmanship award. It’s a long, eight-hour drive, to Proserpine so thanks to every mum, dad and supporter who came down.
And a big thanks to Neil and Wade, we went down to make memories and we did.
The Sharks Under 9s remember lost loved ones from the club before the match.